Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote


Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?


A white man in a white v-neck t-shirt is touching his lips with his left thumb. He stands against a sky blue background. His face is cut off and his hips fade into a urban scenery photographed from above. Author: Jay Northcote. Title: Nothing Serious

Disclaimers first this time: The author is a Twitter friend and I only bought the book because of that friendship. However she knows how picky I am, and that I won’t lie. An honest review to follow:

More plot please.

There’s a lot of sex here for a 40k novella, but that didn’t bother me too much this time. Perhaps because I knew what to expect. Also, because despite the quantity of sex scenes indicating erotica, the quality remained very much on the romantic side. It makes sense plot-wise for a newly out Mark to be experimenting sexually on the page, often and in great detail.

Yet, I missed actually seeing the guys bond. Most likely due to the length of the story, their ordinary interactions were limited. Their connection grew out of sex, and aside from time jumps and certain key scenes with family and friends, there wasn’t much to indicate their growing closeness. The reader was told and shown with little hints in their reactions how Mark and Jamie feel, but I’m not entirely sure why they fell in love. Which qualities exactly did Mark find so endearing that he just had to keep Jamie in his bed aside from the fact that he slept better with someone than alone? And aside from looking up to Mark’s intellect, what exactly did Jamie find appealing in the older man?

Nothing Serious is a good and quick read if you’re not looking for anything too serious.

This entry was posted in book review, contemporary, lgbtq, novellas & short stories, read in 2013 and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote

  1. blodeuedd says:

    I am feeling very eh today

  2. You know what I think about novellas or short novels – they rarely leave me satisfied. If there’s no bond between characters I judge the book ‘meh’ very quickly.

Comments are closed.